Vol. 47 No. 2 (1999)
Research Article

Variation in Automobile Naming

Published 1999-06-01



The names of 1024 American automobiles are analyzed according to register variation, diachronic variation and manufacturer variation. Variation through such linguistic means as structural complexity, metonymy and iconicity is shown to not only reflect social realities of automobile producers and consumers but to actively contribute to constructing these realities as well.


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